red man

A Quote by Black Elk on red man, spiritual reality, tradition, and wakan

It is often difficult for those who look on the tradition of the Red Man from the outside or through the "educated"  mind to understand that no object is what it appears to be, but it is simply the pale shadow of a Reality. It is for this reason that every created object is wakan, holy, and has a power according to the loftiness of the spiritual reality it reflects.

Black Elk

Source: Tales of Wonder: Adventures Chasing the Divine, an Autobiography

Contributed by: mattmoes

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